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John Ervjng, of Boston in the County of Suffolk and Commonwealth
of Massachusetts in New England, 20 August 1784. To each of my chil-






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dren, besides what I may hereafter give them, five pounds in lawful money.
Mv real estate to be sold aud the proceeds given to my children. To my
son John two seventh parts. To sou William one seventh part. Another
part to son George. Another to daughter Elizabeth Bowdoin. Another
to daughter Sarah Waldo. Another to daughter Ann Steward. It is my
will that my pew in the Meeting House of the late Dr. Cooper shall be the
property of my son William. To the poor. My executors to lend four
hundred pounds to each of my two grandsons John and Shirley, to help to set
them forward in their business, to be accounted as so much out of the estate
i;iveu to their father which they are to pay him as soon as they are in a ca-
pacity to do it. Legacies to the rIon ble Oliver Wendall Esq. (he to be an
executor), to my book-keeper John Southack, to my housekeeper Expe-
rience Bridge, to the Marine Society in Boston for the benefit of poor widows
and children of distressed seamen, to Sarah McCauley, a servant maid in
my house, and to my negro man Caesar. My three sons John, William and
George, my son in law the Hon ble James Bowdoin Esq. and the Hon ble
Oliver Wendall Esq. to be executors. Wit: Sol: Davis, James Lloyd,
James Carter, John Southack.

Then follows a letter signed by James Bowdoin, Oliver Wendell and
Wm. Erving, dated at Boston Oct. 6, 1786 and addressed to George Er-
ving Esq , in which he is informed that his honored father died the 20th of
August last and suggesting to him to appoint some one (other than an ex-
ecutor) as his attorney to receive his portion and give legal discharges &c.

Next follows a deposition, bearing date March 15, 1787, made by George
Erving of Froyle in the county of Southampton Esq.

Proved 20 March 1787 by John Erving and George Erving Esquires,
two of the sons of the deceased and two of the executors named in the said
will. Major, 118.

[The testator was a prominent merchant of Boston. He was born about 1690
at Kirkwell in the Orkueys ; married in 1720, Abigail Phillips ; and died Aug.
20, 1786. His eldest son John (Harvard College, 1747) married Maria, daughter
of Gov. William Shirley, and was father of John and Shirley Erving, named
as grandson in the will. His daughter Elizabeth married Hon. James Bowdoin,
governor of Massachusetts 1785 and 1786. (See The Bowdoin Family, by Temple
Prime, pp. 41-52). — Editor.]

Mary Macintosh Erving, late of the town of Boston in the Prov-
ince of the Massachusetts Bay in New England in America but now resi-
dent in the parish of Froyle in the county of Southampton in the Kingdom
of Great Britain, the wife of George Erving, late of the town of Boston
aforesaid but now of the aforesaid parish of Froyle, Esquire, 30 October
1780, proved 10 March 1787. Reference to the last will and testament of
Elizabeth Royall late of Nedford (Medford) in the county of Middlesex
aud Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England, my late mother de-
ceased. I give my part, being one full, equal, undivided quarter or fourth
part or share of and in all that plantation commonly called or knowu by

the name of Fairfield, near Commeririe(?) River in the parish of

Surinam in America, which were given, devised and bequeathed to me in
and by the last will and testament of my said late mother Elizabeth Roy-
all, bearing date on or about 13 July 1754, unto my loving husband the
said George Erving for term of life and after his decease to my cousin
Thomas Palmer of the Province of Surinam in America aforesaid Esquire
and my worthy friend Thomas Fraser of Nicholas Lane, Loudon, merchant,
to sell the same and lay out the moneys arising therefrom (aud the interest



1246 GENEALOGICAL GLEANINGS IN ENGLAND.

accruing) in an accumulating fund for the benefit of my nephew and three
nieces, William, Elizabeth, Mary and Harriet Pepperell, son and daughters of
my late sister Elizabeth Pepperell deceased wife of Sir William Pepperell,
Baronet, until they shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years.
Then this property to be transferred to them in equal proportions or shares.
If they die before attaining such age I give it to my son in law George
Erving (son of my said husband) at his age of twenty one years. Other
small bequest^ to said nephew and nieces. My said husband George Erving
aud my said cousin Thomas Palmer to be joint executors.

Proved by George Erving Esq., power reserved of making the like grant
to Thomas Palmer Esq., the other executor named in the will when he shall
apply for the same. Major, 118.

[Mrs. Mary Macintosh Erving, the testatrix, was the oldest surviving daugh-
ter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Macintosh) Royall, and was born Jan. 10, 1744-5
(Register, vol. 39, p. 35G). She married in 1775, George Erving (Harvard
College, 1757) the second son of John Erving, whose will is given above. She
died in 1786. — Editor.]

Richard Warren of Fordington, Dorset, husbandman, 6 December,
1636, proved 3 May, 1638. I give and bequeath towards the reparations
of the church at Fordington six shillings and eight pence and to the poor
of the same parish six shillings and eight pence. To my daughter Mary
Bartlett wife of John Bartlett six shillings aud eight pence and no more
in respect I have bought my copyhold tenement in Fordington for her
life and she hath married without my consent. I give and bequeath
unto John Cox, son of Johu Cox of Bockhampton and of Elizabeth his
wife, one other of my daughters, the sum of twenty pounds. To William
Cox, another of their sons, twenty pounds. Item I give and bequeath
unto my daughter Johan wife of Edward (sic) Sprage six shillings and
eight pence and to the children of the said Edward Sprage and of Johan
his wife which shall be living at the time of my decease the sum of twenty
shillings apiece. To my godchildren William Swann, Richard Cosens and
Christopher Sampson and unto Margaret Wills daughter of Richard Wills
of Fordington twelve pence apiece. Item, upon condition that the said
John Bartlett and Mary his wife, my daughter, do permit and suffer mine
executors quietly and peaceably to hold and enjoy the copyhold tenement
wherein I now dwell and to take the whole profits thereof for the space of
six months next after my decease, I give aud bequeath unto my said daugh-
ter Mary the sum of ten pounds, to be paid unto her within one year next
after my decease. The residue of my goods &c. I give to Eve my now
wile and to the said Elizabeth Coxe my daughter whom I make sole ex-
ecutors. Friends Mr. William JollifFe of Dorchester, woollendraper, aud
Thomas Sarvant the younger of Charminster to be overseers.

Lee, 54.

[A curious mistake has been made here. Mr. Warren's daughter Johan was
the wife of Ralph Sprague, not Edward as given above. But Ralph was a son of
Edward Sprague, as we sse from the latter's will given in my Gleanings for April,
1895 (Reg., vol. 49, p. 264. ante p. 1010). The names of father and son seem to
have been confounded. From Lechford's Note-Book (pp. 30-38 as printed) we
learn that Ralfe Sprague, sometime of Fordington, Dorset, fuller, afterwards of
Charlestowu, N. E., planter, and his wife Joanc, daughter of Richard Warren,
sent power of attorney (8-9-1038) to Mr. William Derby of Dorchester (Eng-
land), gentleman, to demand and receive such portions as might come to them
from Warren's estate and remit the same through Sprague's sister Alice Eames,



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at Pomberry Mill, near Dorchester. A letter was sent the same clay by Ralfe
Sprague to his sister Alice about this matter. In August, 1(540 (Lechford
p. 301), Ralfe Sprague and his wife Joane made John Holland of Tinckleton,
Dorset, fuller, an attorney to receive of John Cox of Bowlington and Eliza-
beth his wife, executors of Richard AVarren deceased, seven pounds given by
his will to the said Joane and her children John, Jonathan, Richard, Samuel,
Mary and Phineas, or any other sum due unto them.

For the reference to the foregoing will I am indebted to Mr. F. J. Pope, who
kindly assisted me about the Cole wills in the October number of the Register
for 1895, ante p. 1091. — H. F. W.

See in the Register for July, 1850, p. 289, a letter to Ralph-Sprague, from
John Corbin, dated March 25, 1651. Corbin cads himself a " father in law" to
Sprague. Query — Did Corbin marry the widow of Richard Warren? — J. W. D. ]

Richard Ange of Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, baker, 16 January
1607, proved 28 January 1608. To be buried in the church or churchyard
of Stratford. Son Francis. Son Christopher. Son William. To daughter
Elizabeth thirty pounds within two years next after my decease or at the
day of her marriage, which shall first happen. To daughter Katherine
thirty pounds at the age of one and twenty years or at day of marriage.
To son Francis the lease or indenture of my house wherein I now dwell
after the decease of Alice my wife. To every of my sou in law's children,
Francis Smithe, two shillings six pence apiece. To every of Thomas
Hornebee's children, my son in law, two shillings six pence apiece. To
Francis and Richard, sons unto my late deceased son Arthur Ange, five
shillings apiece. To son William Ange's daughter five shillings. Son
Francis unmarried. Wife Alice to be sole executrix and trusty friends
Francys Smithe and Thomas Hornebee, my sons in law, to be my super-
visors. Witnessed by William Gilbard ah Higgs, clerk, Frauncys Smithe,
William Ainge and Thomas Hornebee. Dorset, 8.

[This gives me an opportunity to correct two misprints in former Gleanings.
Tha name Ange was turned into Auge on pages 422 and 424 of the Register for
1892 (vol. 46, ante pp. 614 and 616) . The above Richard Ange was somehow relat-
ed to the Smith family of Stratford upon Avon to which belonged the William
Smith who married a maternal aunt of John Harvard, his brother Francis Smith
whose daughter Mary became the wife of our George Wyllys (see Reg., vol.
46, pp. 422-3, ante pp. 614, 615) and another brother Henry Smith whose will,
in Reg., vol. 47, pp. 390-1 {ante p. 736), mentioned a cousin Francis Ainge. —
H. F. W.]

Thomas Combe of Old Stratford in the County of Warwick Esq. 20
June 1656, proved 14 July 1657. To be buried in the chancel of the
parish church of Old Stratford. To the poor of the Borough of Stratford
upon Avon twenty pounds and to the poor of the parish of Old Stratford
ten pounds. My servants William and Henry Gale. Other servants.
My cousin Anne Birch wife of Francis Birch of Allchurch in the county of
Worcester. George Beck and his sister Mary Beck the children of my
servant Emberie Beck. My well beloved friends Mr. John Brooks and
Mr. Richard Hunt of the Borough of Stratford upon Avon. To Anthony
Bonner eldest son of my cousin Anthony Bonner of Quinton in the County
of Gloucester, gen 1 , fifty pounds, to be delivered into the hands of my trusty
and much respected friends Michael Rutter of Quinton &c. Esq., George Wil-
lis of Fenny Compton gen 1 and Edward Wagstaffe of Bridgetown, War-
wick, gen 1 , for the best benefit and advantage of the said Anthony Bonner the
younger. Thomas Bonner, his brother. To my much respected and esteemed
friend Edward Wagstaffe (as above) ten pounds to buy him one silver
can with my name and arms engraven upon it. Sarah Cale of the borough



1218 GENEALOGICAL GLEANINGS IN ENGLAND.

of Stratford upon Avon, daughter of my cousin Ilunifrey Crane of the
borough of Warwick. To my cousin William Combe all that the water
and river of Avon and the ground and soil usually covered with the said
river and also all that the several and free fishing of and in the said river
of Avon, from a place or stone in the Home near the riverside four and
forty yards distant from the Wash meadow ditch up the river to a place
called Ilatton Stile. Mr. Nathaniel Fox of Poiutiugton in the County of
Somerset clerk. My " auntient " acquaintance and trusty friend Mr. John
Washington of Shottery in the County of Warwick gen'. My said cousin
William Combe, his heirs and assigns, to pay yearly fifty shillings out of
the tithes of Dreyton to the Bayliff of Stratford upon Avon for the find-
ing and providing of a dinner yearly for the said Bayliff and Burgesses of
the said Borough at or upon every tenth day of June. John Charnock of
the same borough blacksmith. John Lord Bishop of Worcester by Inden-
ture made 2G December 21 st of our late Sovereign Lord James set over (to
certain persons) a messuage and the parcels of lands called the Wastells
ah Wastehills in Allchurch Worcestershire to hold during the natural lives
of Thomas Combe, Mary Combe daughter of William Combe, brother of
the said Thomas, aud Mary Boughton daughter of Edward Boughton gen 1 ,
brother in law of the said Thomas. Recitation of other similar indenture.
My cousin William Combe son and heir of John Combe of Allchurch ecc.
gen*, at age of one and twenty. Thomas Combe second son of the said
John Combe. John Combe third son &c. Reference to alms men and
women in Stratford such as wore gowns by my uncle John Combe's be-
quest. A learned preacher to make two sermons yearly in the parish church
of Stratford, one upon every 10 th day of June and the other every 25 th day
of December. My cousin Thomas Crane of the borough of Warwick, mer-
cer. My cousin William Boughton of Cawson in the County of Warwick
Esq. My brother William Combe of old Stratford Esq. (who hath no
issue male living). His two daughters Mary and Katherine (married). My
cousin Combe Wagstaffe and Mary his sister and Thomas Stephens, grand-
children to my said brother. I give and bequeath unto my faithful loving
kinsman George Willis of Fennie Compton in the County of Warwick
gent fifty pounds over and above and besides the legacy of one hundred
marks hereinafter bequeathed him if he take on him my executorship. My
loving nieces Mrs. Mary Rouse wife of John Rouse of Tachbrooke Esq.
and Mrs. Katherine Stephens wife of Thomas Stephens of Sadlmry Esq.
My loving friend Thomas Rawlins of Stratford upon Avon Esq. Counsellor
at Law. Friend Thomas Burman of Woscott in Grandsborough Esq. Coun-
sellor at Law. I do constitute and ordain my said cousin William Combe,
son of my cousin John Combe of Alchurch &c. gen 1 ., the said George Wil-
lis of Fennie Compton gen 1 ., Henry Smith of old Stratford gen 1 and
Thomas Crane of the borough of Warwick, mercer, executors.

Rutheu, 282.

[The George Willis of Fennie Compton here referred to must hare been the
son of our Governor Wyllys of Connecticut. Just how the relationship was
between Combe and Willis or Wyllys I have yet to learn, but I have recalled to
mind that years ago I took off the reference to an earlier will of one of this
Combe family, no less a person than Shakesperc's friend John a Combe, which
I now give, lie was evidently the uncle of the foregoing testator.

II. F. W.]

John Combk of Oldstretford in the County of Warr. gen 1 ., 28 January
10 th James, 1012, proved 1<> November 1G15. My body to be buried in



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the parish church of Stretford upou Avon in the said county, near to the
place where my mother was buried, and my will is that a convenient tomb,
of the value or tliree score pounds, shall be set over me. My cousin Sir
Henry Clare, knight, and Frances Clare his daughter. To my brother
John Combe all that messuage &c. wherein William Cawdrey als Cooke now
dwelleth, situated in Warwick in the said county and adjoining to the Gable
there, my brother to hold this for term of his natural life and after his
decease the reversion and remainder thereof to be to the use and behoof of
the heirs male of the body of the said John Combe lawfully begotten and
to be begotten and, for want of such heirs, to the heirs male &c. of my
nephew William Combe Esq. and the heirs male of his body &c. and, for
default of such heirs, to the use and behoof of my nephew Thomas Combe
gen 1 . &c. &c, next to my brother George Combe &c, and lastly to my right
heirs forever. To the children of my brother John three hundred pounds,
to be equally divided amongst such of them as shall be living at his de-
cease, the profit to be paid yearly to my said brother John during his life
to his own use and towards the bringing up of his children. To the said
William Combe (certain closes) in the parish of Bishop's Hampton als
Hampton Lucy, to him and to his heirs male, with remainder to my nephew
Thomas Combe &c, next to my brother George Combe for life and after
his decease to my nephew John Combe son of the said George, next to my
brother John &c. and lastly to my right heirs. To said nephew Thomas
Combe (certain lands) in Hampton aforesaid (with provisions for entail).
To my brother George Combe all those closes or grounds &c, called or
known by the name of Parsons Cloase als Shacksperes close, lying and
being in Hampton aforesaid, to hold for life, and after his decease to my
said nephew John Combe (with provisions for entail). Thomas Raynoldes
son of Thomas Raynolds of old Stretford, gentleman. My cousin Marga-
ret wife of the said Thomas Raynoldes the elder. The children of Jane
Featherston daughter of the said Thomas Raynoldes the elder. Margaret
Raynoldes another daughter. The rest of my cousin Thomas Raynoldes'
children. My sister Hyett and her children. My nieces Mary and Joyce
Combe daughters of my brother Thomas deceased. My brother George's
two daughters. To my cousin Margaret Raynoldes wife of the said Thomas
Raynoldes the elder all my right and title I have to those grounds called
Samou Tayle, in the parish of Stretford upou Avon, for life and then to
her son William Reynoldes, with remainder to her son Thomas Reynoldes
&c. next to her son Walter Reynoldes and lastly to her right heirs forever.
I give her all my plate and household stuff (except my apparell). Sundry
servants named. John Featherston. My uncle John Blunte. My cousin
Anne Dickens. My goddaughter Gardener and her sister. One hundred
pounds for a fund to lend to fifteen poor or young tradesmen, occupiers or
handicraftsmen dwelling within the Borough of Stretford upou Avon, viz'.
to every one of them twenty nobles apiece for the term of three years,
every one of them paying yearly three shillings and four pence; at the end
of the said three years to fifteen others for three years (at same rate) and
so on ; which said yearly several sums of three shillings and four pence
shall be and forever remain to the use of the almsfolks of Stretford. To
the poor of Stretford twenty pounds, to the poor of Warwick five pounds
and to the poor of Alcester five pounds. I give unto William White forty
shillings which he oweth me by bond, if he be liviug at my decease, and
the same bond to be cancelled, to Mr. William Shackspere five pounds and
to my landlord John Davies forty shillings. To Frauncis Collines the elder



1250 GENEALOGICAL GLEANINGS IN ENGLAND.

of the borough of Warwick ten pounds and to my godson John Collens, his
son, other ten pounds within one year after my decease and if either of
them die before that the survivor to have all, if both happen to die before
the time appointed for payment then I bequeath both their legacies to Su-
zanna Collens, wife of the said Francis, and to the eldest son of the said
Francis equally betwixt them. I give to the said Susanna Collens six
pounds thirteen shillings four pence and to Mr. Henry Walker twenty shil-
lings. To my cousin Thomas Reynoldes the elder and Margaret his wife
my team of oxen, if they have no team at my decease, my wains, tumbrells,
ploughs and other things belonging to a team and forty marks of money.
To Sir Francis Smith, knight, five pounds to buy him a hawk and to the
lady Anne his wife forty pounds to buy her a bason and ewer and to Mrs.
Palmer the wife of John Palmer Esq. forty shillings to buy her a ring.
To my cousin Thomas Combe all my meadow ground in Shottery meadows,
he to pay a learned preacher twenty shillings a year to make a sermon twice
a year at S tret ford church and also every year to give and deliver to ten
poor people within the borough of Stretford upon Avon, such as shall be
yearly appointed and elected by the Bayliff aud chief Alderman for the
time being and two of the " auntientist" Aldermen there, ten black gowns,
every one of them worth thirteen shillings four pence apiece. I giye and
bequeath to every one of my good and just debtors, for every twenty pounds
that any man oweth me, twenty shillings, and so after this rate for a greater
or lesser debt to be delivered back unto them by my executors when they
pay in their debts. And all the residue of rny goods &c. I give and be-
queath unto my said nephew Thomas Combe; and I do make and ordain
the said Thomas Combe, Sir Richard Vemey, knight, and Bartholomew
Hales esq. executors and do nominate and appoint Sir Edward Blunte,
knight, Sir Henry Rainsford, knight, Sir Francis Smith, knight, and John
Palmer of Compton Esq. to be overseers of this rny will. Rudd, 118.

[From the fact that the testator refers to au uncle John Blunte one might in-
fer that this John. Combe was related somehow to Thomas Willis of Isleworth
(England) and Lynn (Mass.), whose daughter Elizabeth was the wife of our
Rev. John Knowles of Watertown, but I fail to see in this will any evidence of
a relationship with the Connecticut line of the Wyllys or Willis family ; and
yet Thomas Combe, a nephew of the above testator, calls George Wyllys (the
younger) a kinsman, and the latter, in a letter written in 1G39 (to some ono in
Hartford), speaks of the death of a cousin Ann Combes. II. F. W.]



Richard Harris of Leighe in Essex mariner, 11 April 1607, proved 4
May 1G07. To wife Sara four hundred pounds and half the household
stuff which was mine at our first coming together as also all such house-
hold stuff as hath "bin" pin chased by us since marriage and one half of
all my plate. To eldest son Richard my house and lands in Cranham, now
in the tenure and occupation of William Pope, and twenty pounds in
money and my house in Leigh where I did lately dwell, now divided into
three tenements. To eldest daughter Sarah Harris two tenements in Leigh
and to daughters Elizabeth and Mary Harris each two tenements in
Leigh. To son John my mansion house in Leigh wherein I now dwell,
with the yard room and orchard that was my father's when he lived. To
eldest daughter Sarah Harris an orchard near my mansion house. Sarah,
Elizabeth, Mary and John under eighteen years of age. I do give and be-
queath unto the two children of my daughter Jane the late wife of John
Bourne, viz 1 Elizabeth and Jane Bourne, twenty pounds apiece when they






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shall attain to their full ages of eighteen years. My sister Agues Hedge-
mau, widow, and her daughter Jone Denham. My brother Peter Mutham
and his son Peter. Thomas, James, Jeremy and Elizabeth Motham. My
ships. My good friend Mr. William Neguse our pastor. Others. Wife
Sarah executrix. Iludleston, 38.

John Bourne the elder citizen and baker of London "being aged " &c,
1 March 1609, proved 26 June 1610. To be buried in the church of the
Hospital of St. Katherine's near the Tower of London where I now in-
habit and dwell. To wife Mawdliu my five leases, one of the tenements in
a certain place called Ilammes and Gwyues, another of teuements in Dol-
phin Alley, another of the tenement wherein Thomas Deane dwelleth and
the lease of my now dwelling house within the Hospital of St. Katherine's,
all which I hold from the Right Hon. Sir Julius Caesar, knight, Master of
the said Hospital, and the lease I hold from John Stepkyn gen 1 , of Wap-
piug Wall, Middlesex. If wife die or marry before expiration of these
leases of tenements iu Hams and Guynes then it shall go to my eldest son
John Bourne the younger, and if he die &c. then to my son Robert Bourne,
and if lie die &c. then to my youngest son Bartholomew Bourne. Eliza-
beth and Joaue Bourne, daughters of my said sou John, at one and twenty.
Thomas and Maudlin Bourne the children of son Bartholomew. Loving
friends John Skynner the elder of Lee iu Essex mariner and Charles
Browghton of St. Katherine's. Wife to be sole executrix. To son John
my messuage called or known by the name of the sign of the Pewter Plat-
ter in Gratious street London for life and then to my son Robert. A codi-
cil annexed beariug date 5 May 1610. Wingfield, 60.

Thomas Gray of St. Mary Matfellon ah. Whitechapel, Middlesex, citi-



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